September 23, 2013, Blogspot – On the rain question…that one is a little more tricky for me to answer, because unlike the Alabama or Florida public beaches there are no public gazebos on the Biloxi-Gulfport beaches.
However, there are some options: There is a gazebo-like structure at the end of the Lighthouse Pier (I have done several weddings there, not because of rain but because of its attractiveness)… There is a smaller pier toward the east side of town that has a smaller gazebo-like structure on it… There are small overhang type shelters along the beach that are provided for rain shelter, that would cover a few people. I’ve never had a wedding use it, but it could easily cover the bride and groom and I would probably have to stand just outside with an umbrella and you could get photos during the ceremony with the Gulf in the background and without the shelter.
Some other options are…”The I-110 Loop” walking bridge, which is next to the Beau Rivage, has some spots that would provide shelter in the event of rain… There are few restaurants and businesses along the beach that are on stilts, and while they are private property requiring permission and on parking lots, I have always thought it could be a quick Plan C if needed… The final option would be a reception room or simple location at the hotel or casino that you may have lodging with.
I actually have only had two weddings out of hundreds in Biloxi that got rained out. There has been times where waiting a few minutes allowed for a chance to do the ceremony. Of my two rained-out weddings, one got permission from a business to use an overhang porch area and the other used a small reception room of the hotel they were staying at.